Stage set for further talks as tensions ease, say observers

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (left) and Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah agreed to suspend overlapping claims in Singapore's territorial waters off Tuas.
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (left) and Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah agreed to suspend overlapping claims in Singapore's territorial waters off Tuas.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN

The move to suspend overlapping port claims will de-escalate tensions between Singapore and Malaysia, and set the stage for further negotiations, observers say.

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan yesterday met his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah, and they agreed to suspend overlapping claims in Singapore's territorial waters off Tuas.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2019, with the headline 'Stage set for further talks as tensions ease, say observers'. Print Edition | Subscribe